Situates the writing of this period in its various historical and cultural contexts, including colonialism, imperialism, diaspora, and nation formation.
Highlights interactions between native, non-scribal groups and Europeans during the early centuries of exploration.
Covers a wide range of approaches to defining and reading early American writing.
Looks at the development of regional spheres of influence in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Serves as a vital adjunct to Castillo and Schweitzer’s ‘The Literatures of Colonial America: An Anthology’ (Blackwell Publishing, 2001).
An exceptionally broad-ranging and accessible Companion to the study of American fiction of the post-civil war period and the early twentieth century Brings together 29 essays by top scholars, each of which presents a synthesis of the best research and offers an original perspective
Divided into sections on historical traditions and genres, contexts and themes, and major authors
Covers a mixture of canonical and the non-canonical themes, authors, literatures, and critical approaches
Explores innovative topics, such as ecological literature and ecocriticism, children’s literature, and the influence of Darwin on fiction
Makes the best and most up-to-date thinking on Whitman available to students Designed to make readers more aware of the social and cultural contexts of Whitman’s work, and of the experimental nature of his writing Includes contributions devoted to specific poetry and prose works, a compact biography of the poet, and a bibliography
Presents 35 original essays by scholars from around the world, representing a range of different approaches to Melville Considers Melville in a global context, and looks at the impact of global economies and technologies on the way people read Melville Takes account of the latest and most sophisticated scholarship, including postcolonial and feminist perspectives Locates Melville in his cultural milieu, revising our views of his politics on race, gender and democracy Reveals Melville as a more contemporary writer than his critics have sometimes assumed
The most inclusive survey yet published of American regional literature.
Represents a wide variety of theoretical and historical approaches.
Surveys the literature of specific regions from California to New England and from Alaska to Hawaii.
Discusses authors and groups who have been important in defining regional American literature.
Draws heavily on historical and cultural contexts in its consideration of American fiction
Relates the fiction of the period to conflicts about territory and sovereignty and to issues of gender, race, ethnicity and identity
Covers different forms of fiction, including children’s literature, sketches, polemical pieces, historical romances, Gothic novels and novels of exploration
Considers both canonical and lesser-known authors, including James Fennimore Cooper, Hannah Foster, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville and Harriet Beecher Stowe
Treats neglected topics, such as the Western novel, science and the novel, and American fiction in languages other than English
Covers a wide range of authors from Samuel Beckett to Salman Rushdie
Provides readings of key novels, including Graham Greene’s ‘Heart of the Matter’, Jean Rhys’s ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ and Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Remains of the Day’
Considers particular subgenres, such as the feminist novel and the postcolonial novel
Discusses overarching cultural, political and literary trends, such as screen adaptations and the literary prize phenomenon
Gives readers a sense of the richness and diversity of the novel during this period and of the vitality with which it continues to be discussed
Includes discussion of the visual arts, music, society, history, and politics in the region
Combines treatment of major literary works and historical events with a survey of broader themes, movements and issues
Explores the work of Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Huston, Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, as well as those - black and white, male and female - who are writing now
Co-edited by the esteemed scholar Richard Gray, author of the acclaimed volume, A History of American Literature (Blackwell, 2003)
Balances consideration of canonical material with discussion of works by previously marginalized playwrights
Includes studies of leading dramatists, such as Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill and Gertrude Stein
Allows readers to make new links between particular plays and playwrights
Examines the movements that framed the century, such as the Harlem Renaissance, lesbian and gay drama, and the solo performances of the 1980s and 1990s
Situates American drama within larger discussions about American ideas and culture
Brings together more than twenty leading international scholars to provide the definitive survey volume to the field of early modern women's writing
Examines individual texts, including works by Mary Sidney, Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn
Explores the historical context and generic diversity of early modern women's writing, as well as the theoretical issues that underpin its study
Provides a clear sense of the full extent of women's contributions to early modern literary culture
An up-to-date resource for the study of the eighteenth-century novel
Furnishes readers with a sophisticated vision of the eighteenth-century novel in its political, aesthetic, and moral context
Foregrounds those topics of most historical and political relevance to the twenty-first century
Explores formative influences on the eighteenth-century novel, its engagement with the major issues and philosophies of the period, and its lasting legacy
Covers both traditional themes, such as narrative authority and print culture, and cutting-edge topics, such as globalization, nationhood, technology, and science
Considers both canonical and non-canonical literature
Redraws the boundaries of Shakespeare performance studies.
Considers performance in a range of media, including in print, in the classroom, in the theatre, in film, on television and video, in multimedia and digital forms.
Introduces important terms and contemporary areas of enquiry in Shakespeare and performance.
Raises questions about the dynamic interplay between Shakespearean writing and the practices of contemporary performance and performance studies.
Written by an international group of major scholars, teachers, and professional theatre makers.
Provides an expansive and inter-disciplinary approach to Renaissance plays and the world they played to.
Offers a colourful and comprehensive overview of the material conditions of England's most important dramatic period.
Gives readers facts and data along with up-to-date interpretation of the plays.
Looks at the drama in terms of its cultural agency, its collaborative nature, and its ideological complexity.
A ground-breaking collection of newly-commissioned essays on medieval literature and culture.Encourages students to think beyond a narrowly defined canon and conventional disciplinary boundaries. Reflects the erosion of the traditional, rigid boundary between medieval and early modern literature. Stresses the importance of constructing contexts for reading literature. Explores the extent to which medieval literature is in dialogue with other cultural products, including the literature of other countries, manuscripts and religion. Includes close readings of frequently-studied texts, including texts by Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, and Hoccleve. Confronts some of the controversies that exercise students of medieval literature, such as those connected with literary theory, love, and chivalry and war.
The "Companion" embraces the extraordinary development of poetry over the century in twenty English-speaking countries; a century which began with a bipolar transatlantic connection in modernism and ended with the decentred heterogeneity of post-colonialism. Representation of the 'canonical' and the 'marginal' is therefore balanced, including the full integration of women poets and feminist approaches and the in-depth treatment of post-colonial poets from various national traditions. Discussion of context, intertextualities and formal approaches illustrates the increasing self-consciousness and self-reflexivity of the period, whilst a 'Readings' section offers new readings of key selected texts. The volume as a whole offers critical and contextual coverage of the full range of English-language poetry in the last century.
An authoritative guide to modern British and Irish drama. Engages with theoretical discourses challenging a canon that has privileged London as well as white English males and realism. Topics covered include: national, regional and fringe theatres; post-colonial stages and multiculturalism; feminist and queer theatres; sex and consumerism; technology and globalisation; representations of war, terrorism, and trauma.
Tracks satire from its first appearances in the prophetic books of the Old Testament through the Renaissance and the English tradition in satire to Michael Moore’s satirical movie Fahrenheit 9/11.
Highlights the important influence of the Bible in the literary and cultural development of Western satire.
Focused mainly on major classical and European influences on and works of English satire, but also explores the complex and fertile cultural cross-semination within the tradition of literary satire.
Assesses rhetoric’s place in the larger intellectual universe.
Focuses on the practical side of rhetoric, looking at specific works, problems and figures.
Provides examples of rhetoric from ancient times to the present day.
Written by leading scholars from a variety of different fields.
Covers biographical approaches of Dickinson, the historical, political and cultural contexts of her work, and its critical reception over the years
Considers issues relating to the different formats in which Dickinson?s lyrics have been published ? manuscript, print, halftone and digital facsimile
Provides incisive interventions into current critical discussions, as well as opening up fresh areas of critical inquiry
Features new work being done in the critique of nineteenth-century American poetry generally, as well as new work being done in Dickinson studies
Designed to be used alongside the Dickinson Electronic Archives, an online resource developed over the past ten years
Tells the story of the historical development of tragedy from classical Greece to modernity
Features 28 essays by renowned scholars from multiple disciplines, including classics, English, drama, anthropology and philosophy
Broad in its scope and ambition, it considers interpretations of tragedy through religion, philosophy and history
Offers a fresh assessment of Ancient Greek tragedy and demonstrates how the practice of reading tragedy has changed radically in the past two decades
Comprises 35 original essays written by leading figures in the field Includes contributions from pioneers in the field such as Wayne C. Booth, Seymour Chatman, J. Hillis Miller and Gerald Prince Represents all the major critical approaches to narrative and investigates and debates the relations between them Considers narratives in different disciplines, such as law and medicine Features analyses of a variety of media, including film, music, and painting Designed to be of interest to specialists, yet accessible to readers with little prior knowledge of the field
Provides contextual and critical information about the entire range of British fiction published during the Victorian period.
Explains issues such as Victorian religions, class structure, and Darwinism to those who are unfamiliar with them.
Comprises original, accessible chapters written by renowned and emerging scholars in the field of Victorian studies.
Ideal for students and researchers seeking up-to-the-minute coverage of contexts and trends, or as a starting point for a survey course.
Comprises 29 chapters written by leading scholars in the field
Reflects current debates among Old Norse-Icelandic scholars
Pays attention to previously neglected areas of study, such as the sagas of Icelandic bishops and the fantasy sagas
Looks at the ways Old Norse-Icelandic literature is used by modern writers, artists and film directors, both within and outside Scandinavia
Sets Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature in its wider cultural context
Provides new perspectives on established texts.
Orientates the new student, while providing advanced students with current and new directions.
Pioneered by leading scholars.
Occupies a unique niche in Renaissance studies.
Illustrated with 12 single-page black and white prints.
This Companion conveys the scale and variety of science fiction.
Shows how science fiction has been used as a means of debating cultural issues.
Essays by an international range of scholars discuss the contexts, themes and methods used by science fiction writers.
Addresses general topics, such as the history and origins of the genre, its engagement with science and gender, and national variations of science fiction around the English-speaking world.
Maps out connections between science fiction, television, the cinema, virtual reality technology, and other aspects of the culture.
Includes a section focusing on major figures, such as H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula Le Guin.
Offers close readings of particular novels, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Puts Dickens’s work into its literary, historical, and social contexts Traces the development of Dickens’s career as a journalist and novelist Includes original essays by leading Dickensian scholars on each of Dickens’s fifteen novels Explores a broad range of topics, including criticisms of his novels, the use of history and law in his fiction, language, and the effect of political and social reform Examines Dickens's legacy and surveys the mass of secondary materials that has been generated in response and reverence to his writing
Makes use of illustrative examples and case studies of well-known texts
Written by a group of expert contributors
Covers topical debates, such as the nature of censorship and the future of the book
A complete overview exploring the application of computing in literary studies
Includes the seminal writings from the field
Focuses on methods and perspectives, new genres, formatting issues, and best practices for digital preservation
Explores the new genres of hypertext literature, installations, gaming, and web blogs
The Appendix serves as an annotated bibliography
Contains 37 original articles written by leaders in the field.
Addresses the central concerns shared by those interested in the subject.
Major sections focus on the experience of particular disciplines in applying computational methods to research problems; the basic principles of humanities computing; specific applications and methods; and production, dissemination and archiving.
Accompanied by a website featuring supplementary materials, standard readings in the field and essays to be included in future editions of the Companion.
A blistering character study and an examination of the American melting pot and the judicial system that keeps it in check, Twelve Angry Men holds at its core a deeply patriotic faith in the U.S. legal system. The play centers on Juror Eight, who is at first the sole holdout in an 11-1 guilty vote. Eight sets his sights not on proving the other jurors wrong but rather on getting them to look at the situation in a clear-eyed way not affected by their personal prejudices or biases. Reginald Rose deliberately and carefully peels away the layers of artifice from the men and allows a fuller picture to form of them—and of America, at its best and worst.
After the critically acclaimed teleplay aired in 1954, this landmark American drama went on to become a cinematic masterpiece in 1957 starring Henry Fonda, for which Rose wrote the adaptation. More recently, Twelve Angry Men had a successful, and award-winning, run on Broadway.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Selected by five hundred writers, English professors, and creative writing teachers from across the country, this collection includes only the most highly regarded nonfiction work published since 1970.
Contributers include: Jo Ann Beard, Wendell Berry, Eula Biss, Mary Clearman Blew, Charles Bowden, Janet Burroway, Kelly Grey Carlisle, Anne Carson, Bernard Cooper, Michael W. Cox, Annie Dillard, Mark Doty, Brian Doyle, Tony Earley, Anthony Farrington, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Diane Glancy, Lucy Grealy, William Harrison, Robin Hemley, Adam Hochschild, Jamaica Kincaid, Barbara Kingsolver , Ted Kooser, Sara Levine, E.J. Levy, Phillip Lopate, Barry Lopez, Thomas Lynch, Lee Martin, Rebecca McCLanahan, Erin McGraw, John McPhee, Brenda Miller, Dinty W. Moore, Kathleen Norris, Naomi Shihab Nye, Lia Purpura, Richard Rhodes, Bill Roorbach, David Sedaris, Richard Selzer, Sue William Silverman, Floyd Skloot, Lauren Slater, Cheryl Strayed, Amy Tan, Ryan Van Meter, David Foster Wallace, and Joy Williams.
Harriet E. Smith, Benjamin Griffin, Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon K. Goetz, Leslie Myrick
Contributors include Russell Banks, Donald Barthelme, Rick Bass, Richard Bausch, Charles Baxter, Amy Bloom, T.C. Boyle, Kevin Brockmeier, Robert Olen Butler, Sandra Cisneros, Peter Ho Davies, Janet Desaulniers, Junot Diaz, Anthony Doerr, Stuart Dybek, Deborah Eisenberg, Richard Ford, Mary Gaitskill, Dagoberto Gilb, Ron Hansen, A.M. Homes, Mary Hood, Denis Johnson, Edward P. Jones, Thom Jones, Jamaica Kincaid, Jhumpa Lahiri, David Leavitt, Kelly Link, Reginald McKnight, David Means, Susan Minot , Rick Moody, Bharati Mukherjee, Antonya Nelson, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O’Brien, Daniel Orozco, Julie Orringer, ZZ Packer, Annie Proulx, Stacey Richter, George Saunders, Joan Silber, Leslie Marmon Silko, Susan Sontag, Amy Tan, Melanie Rae Thon, Alice Walker, and Steve Yarbrough.
Contemporary readers of Peyton Place will be captivated by its vivid characters, earthy prose, and shocking incidents. Through her riveting, uninhibited narrative, Metalious skillfully exposes the intricate social anatomy of a small community, examining the lives of its people -- their passions and vices, their ambitions and defeats, their passivity or violence, their secret hopes and kindnesses, their cohesiveness and rigidity, their struggles, and often their courage.
This new paperback edition of Peyton Place features an insightful introduction by Ardis Cameron that thoroughly examines the novel's treatment of class, gender, race, ethnicity, and power, and considers the book's influential place in American and New England literary history.
Richly intermingling elements of burlesque, farce, and social satire with a wry look at the world market in art, Is He Dead? centers on a group of poor artists in Barbizon, France, who stage the death of a friend to drive up the price of his paintings. In order to make this scheme succeed, the artists hatch some hilarious plots involving cross-dressing, a full-scale fake funeral, lovers' deceptions, and much more.
Mark Twain was fascinated by the theater and made many attempts at playwriting, but this play is certainly his best. Is He Dead? may have been too "out there" for the Victorian 1890s, but today's readers will thoroughly enjoy Mark Twain's well-crafted dialogue, intriguing cast of characters, and above all, his characteristic ebullience and humor. In Shelley Fisher Fishkin's estimation, it is "a champagne cocktail of a play--not too dry, not too sweet, with just the right amount of bubbles and buzz."
CliffsNotes on Fahrenheit 451 explores a twenty-fourth century world in which books are considered evil because they inspire people to think and to question.
Following the story of a 30-year-old fireman who's spent the last decade destroying books for a living, this study guide features a graphical map to show how the novel's characters relate to one another. In addition, CliffsNotes provides character analyses that take you deeper into the minds and mechanical workings of Ray Bradbury's famous social criticism Other features that help you figure out this important work includePersonal background on the authorSynopsis of the book and a look at major themesSummaries and commentaries on each part of the bookReview section that features multiple-choice questions, quoted passages, and suggested essay topics and practice projectsResource Center with books, articles, and websites that can help round out your knowledge
Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.
Harper Lee's only novel won the Pulitzer Prize and was transformed into a beloved film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. An American classic that frequently appears in middle school and high school curriculums, the novel has been subjected to criticism for its subject matter and language. Still relevant and meaningful, To Kill a Mockingbird has nonetheless been under-appreciated by many critics. There are few books that address Lee's novel's contribution to the American canon and still fewer that offer insights that can be used by teachers and by students.
These essays suggest that author Harper Lee deserves more credit for skillfully shaping a masterpiece that not only addresses the problems of the 1930s but also helps its readers see the problems and prejudices the world faces today. Intended for high school and undergraduate usage, as well as for teachers planning to use To Kill a Mockingbird in their classrooms, this collection will be a valuable resource for all teachers of American literature.
At the heart of this emerging culture, Renda argues, was American paternalism, which saw Haitians as wards of the United States. She explores the ways in which diverse Americans--including activists, intellectuals, artists, missionaries, marines, and politicians--responded to paternalist constructs, shaping new versions of American culture along the way. Her analysis draws on a rich record of U.S. discourses on Haiti, including the writings of policymakers; the diaries, letters, songs, and memoirs of marines stationed in Haiti; and literary works by such writers as Eugene O'Neill, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston.
Pathbreaking and provocative, Taking Haiti illuminates the complex interplay between culture and acts of violence in the making of the American empire.
This Reader’s Edition, a portable paperback in larger type, republishes the text of the hardcover Autobiography in a form that is convenient for the general reader, without the editorial explanatory notes. It includes a brief introduction describing the evolution of Mark Twain’s ideas about writing his autobiography, as well as a chronology of his life, brief family biographies, and an excerpt from the forthcoming Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2—a controversial but characteristically humorous attack on Christian doctrine.
CliffsNotes on The Catcher in the Rye introduces you to a coming-of-age novel with a twist. J.D. Salinger's best-known work is more realistic, more lifelike and authentic than some other representatives of the genre. Get to know the unforgettable main character, Holden Caulfield, as he navigates the dangers and risks of growing up.
This study guide enables you to keep up with all of the major themes and symbols of the novel, as well as the characters and plot. You'll also find valuable information about Salinger's life and background. Other features that help you study includeCharacter analyses of major playersA character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the charactersCritical essaysA review section that tests your knowledgeA Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites
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In Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, 50 writers—from romance and erotica authors, to real-world BDSM practitioners, to adult entertainment industry professionals—continue the conversation.
Fifty Shades as Erotic Fiction
Erotic romance writer Sylvia Day speaks to the new opportunities the Fifty Shades trilogy has opened up for writers (and readers!) of erotica
Fifty Shades as Sexual Empowerment
Romance novelist Heather Graham praises the way the books encourage women to celebrate their own sexual shades of grey
Fifty Shades as Fanfiction
Editor Tish Beaty relates the process behind turning Twilight fanfic Master of the Universe into Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades as Pop Culture
Fifty Shames of Earl Grey author Andrew Shaffer compares Fifty Shades to sister-in-literary-scandal Peyton Place
• Matrimonial lawyer Sherri Donovan examines the legalities of Christian’s contract
• Master R of BDSM training chateau La Domaine Esemar evaluates Christian Grey’s skill as a Dominant (and offers some professional advice)
• And a whole lot more!
Whether you loved Fifty Shades of Grey, or just want to know why everyone else does, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey is the book for you.
• Heather Graham
• Sylvia Day
• Andrew Shaffer
• M.J. Rose
• Sinnamon Love
• Judith Regan
• Stacey Agdern
• Laura Antoniou
• Jennifer Armintrout
• Tish Beaty
• Mala Bhattacharjee
• Rachel Kramer Bussel
• M. Christian
• Suzan Colón
• Joy Daniels
• Sherri Donovan
• Angela Edwards
• Melissa Febos
• Lucy Felthouse
• Ryan Field
• Selina Fire
• Megan Frampton
• Sarah Frantz
• Louise Fury
• Lois Gresh
• Catherine Hiller
• Marci Hirsch
• Dr. Hilda Hutcherson
• Debra Hyde
• Anne Jamison
• D.L. King
• Dr. Logan Levkoff
• Arielle Loren
• Sassafras Lowry
• Rachel Kenley
• Pamela Madsen
• Chris Marks and Lia Leto
• Master R
• Dr. Katherine Ramsland
• Tiffany Reisz
• Katharine Sands
• Jennifer Sanzo
• Rakesh Satyal
• Marc Shapiro
• Lyss Stern
• Cecilia Tan
• Hope Tarr
• Susan Wright
• Editor X
In CliffsNotes on Huckleberry Finn, you follow the Mississippi River adventures of Mark Twain's mischief-making protagonist Huck Finn and the runaway slave Jim.
Just like Huck's makeshift raft, this study guide carries you along on his incredible journey by providing chapter summaries and critical analyses on life in the late-19th-century American south. You'll also gain insight into the man behind this American classic—Mark Twain, a.k.a. Samuel Clemens. Other features that help you study includeCharacter analyses of major playersA character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the charactersCritical essaysA review section that tests your knowledgeA Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites
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Steinbeck's letters were written on the left-hand pages of a notebook in which the facing pages would be filled with the test of East of Eden. They touched on many subjects—story arguments, trial flights of worknamship, concern for his sons.
Part autobiography, part writer's workshop, these letters offer an illuminating perspective on Steinbeck's creative process, and a fascinating glimpse of Steinbeck, the private man.